Os Amores Libres

Os Amores Libres

by Carlos Núñez


Piper Carlos Núñez has been blowing alongside the Chieftains since he was 18 years old -- it's no wonder that some of the Irish masters' best qualities have rubbed off on the young Spaniard. OS AMORES LIBRES captures the sprawling roots-music fusion of the Chieftains' latter day work, and musters an army of guest stars that Paddy Moloney himself would envy. Drafting Jackson Browne, Madredeus' Teresa Salgueiro, Afro-Celt Sound System's Martin Emmerson and Simon Russell, plus a host of flamenco and Irish music's top players, Núñez assured himself an able crew to carry out his vision. And what a vision it is: Over 12 tracks, Núñez attempts to bridge the airy Celtic strains of his native Galicia, in Spain's north, with the fiery rhythms of the south's flamenco. On the evocative opener, "Jigs & Bulls," Núñez's virtuosic pipes duke it out with guitar fireworks, palmas, and stomping feet. The lights of Spain's new flamenco -- guitarists Vicente Amigo and Juan Manuel Cañizares, bassist Carles Benavent, percussionist Tino Di Geraldo, and vocalist Carmen Linares -- craft a thoughtful dance with Irish musicians Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny, Derek Bell, and others. Núñez's rigorous research underscores the shared ancient history of Spanish music both northern and southern -- the contributions of Gypsies, Jews, Africans, and Celts throughout the ages. The ambient "Danza de Lúa en Santiago" pays homage to Spain's Arabic legacy, the ballad "A Lavadeira da Noite" invokes Sephardic Jewry, and "Viva La Quinta Brigada" celebrates Irish rebels who fought Franco in the Spanish Civil War. In its culturally inclusive, manifold new vision of Spain, OS AMORES LIBRES is certain to be regarded as a major event in Núñez's homeland. Such a vibrant democratic vision deserves to be celebrated everywhere.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2000
Label: Rca Victor Europe
UPC: 0743216669424
catalogNumber: 166694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carlos Núñez   Primary Artist,Bagpipes,Flute,Ocarina,Human Whistle,tin whistle,Gaita,Alto Recorder,Low Whistle
Derek Bell   Piano,Harp,Harpsichord
Dónal Lunny   Bouzouki,Keyboards,Bodhran
Jackson Browne   Vocals
Carmen Linares   Vocals
Frankie Gavin   Fiddle
Paddy Keenan   uillean pipes
Sharon Shannon   Accordion
Dan Ar Bras   Electric Guitar
Carles Benavent   Percussion,Electric Bass
Nollaig Casey   Violin
Kevin Conneff   Bodhran
Renaud Garcia-Fons   Double Bass
Tino Di Geraldo   Percussion
Trevor Hutchinson   Electric Bass
Arty McGlynn   Acoustic Guitar,spanish guitar
Noa   Vocals
Máirtín O'Connor   Accordion
Liam O'Flynn   uillean pipes
Liam Ó Maonlaí   Piano,Celeste,Hammond Organ,Bodhran
John Reynolds   Percussion,Drums
Rafael Riqueni   Flamenco Guitar
Sabicas   Flamenco Guitar
Mike Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Manuel Soler   Zapateo
Hector Zazou   Keyboards
Vicente Amigo   Flamenco Guitar
Teresa Salgueiro   Vocals
Phil Cunningham   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Ray Fean   Drums
Gil Dor   Acoustic Guitar
Pancho Alvarez   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Jaleo   Voices
Pablo Gonzalez   Tambourine
Omar Metioui   Vocals,Oud
Abderrahim Abdelmoumen   Vocals
Abdesselam el Amrani Boukhobza   Tambourine,Vocals
Hasan Ajyar   Vocals
Said Belcadi   Vocals
Abdeljalaq Hdaddou   Sounds
Derek Ball   Harp
Haddad Abdelhamid   Vocals
Mohamed Agdour   Darbouka,Bendir,Hand Drums
Ahmed El Gazi   Rebec
Faustino Santalices   Hurdy-Gurdy
Xurxo Nunez   Drums,Bass Drums

Technical Credits

Dónal Lunny   Arranger,Producer
Giles Martin   Engineer
Tim Martin   Engineer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
John Reynolds   Programming,Engineer
Martin Russell   Producer,Engineer
Mike Scott   Arranger,Musical Director
Hector Zazou   Producer
Simon Emmerson   Programming,Producer
Carlos Núñez   Arranger,Producer
Pepe Loeches   Engineer
Luis Carlos Esteban   Engineer
Tim Oliver   Engineer
Marcos Balfagon   Graphic Design
Alvaro Mata   Engineer
Oscar Vinader   Engineer
Manuel Rivas   Text
Ciaran Cahill   Engineer
Pierre Daniel   Engineer
Jorge Barata   Engineer
Omar Metioui   Musical Director
Jonathan Ford   Engineer
Eric Lynn   Engineer
Fernando Conde   Producer
Marko Bussian   Engineer

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